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Success! Moved My Blog To Self-Hosted Website

Where Are You Moving- What Is Your Next Step In Your Journey-

Well, it is done. My bags are packed and they have moved their way over to my new web address kandacechadwell.com. As mentioned in my previous post the steps are really easy to follow with Michael Hyatt’s podcast here. I am still in the process of updating the theme and anything odd that may have happened during the transition but it is at least on its way.

Speaking of bags being packed that is pretty much what is needed as I type this today. Please, luggage fairy pack my bag while I type. I will be heading off to Willow Creek for the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) Event Coordinator Training and nope still not finished packing, or started really. Can you say SUPER EXCITED!! What an awesome experience to be a part of.

For those of you who have not heard of GLS definitely, check it out here.  The event is August 11-12 and if you are a leader in any fashion, we all are leaders one way or another, then this is for you. If you are in the Genesee, Saginaw or Shiawassee County areas in Michigan please register to attend at my awesome church New Covenant in Clio.

Anyway, I digress. My mind is in a million places today so please forgive me.

All in all, I hope if you read my blog here that you will move on over to kandacechadwell.com and continue to check it out. My goal is to continue to grow, develop and find new ways to provide articles of interest to those stopping in to check it out. It may be bumpy but what road trip isn’t fun without a few speed bumps along the way, right?

See you all next week at my new site. Have an awesome day!

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4 Steps To Move You Towards Your Goal.

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Did you know it is March? No, you are still stuck in January? Well, me too and that is okay. This week I took my first step towards my “real” goal.

You ever wonder why we think if we don’t start our goals in January and stay on track all year well then we will just have to drift along and wait until next year to start?  We might not consciously do this but typically this is what happens. Well, not this year. I won’t let it happen, will you?

So what step did I take? Well, I decided to sign up for a self-hosted WordPress blog. I followed the very simple tutorial video Michael Hyatt put together and you can check it out here.

Why do you ask? Well, I want to start getting serious about my blog and if I am paying for it and able to make changes and improvements myself most likely I will stay a little more on track with where I want it to go. I also signed up for Elite Blogging Academy and can’t move forward without taking this step first.

My next step is to figure out how to move my free WordPress posts over to my new Self-Hosted WordPress site. I would love direction from anyone out there who can send me a video or step by step on how to do this. I can do some digging myself but I would bet a more experienced blogger out there already knows the perfect place to check it out.

I also started reading Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. Can you tell I like Michael Hyatt? His blogs, podcasts and video tutorials have really guided me through this entire blogging process. In this new book, they help you figure out how to “create a simple but effective life plan” and you should definitely check it out.

In summary, it wasn’t just one step but it was the one step that built momentum up to keep me going.

  1. Step One: Take one step, it is never too late to start a new goal.
  2. Step Two: Seek guidance from experts to help you take your next step.
  3. Step Three: When you are stuck ask others for help.
  4. Step Four: Create a Life Plan to ensure your goal fits within it.
    1. For some, you may want to do this first but for me, I needed a little boost to take that first step to get my momentum going.

What other steps do you take to work towards your goals?

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How To Stretch Your Development

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Ever wonder why some songs just grab your attention? That is what happened one day when I was driving home from a work meeting and heard Spirits by Strumbrellas. I had never heard it before but for some reason, it just stuck in my mind. As I listened to the lyrics I thought what in the world do they mean by guns in their head?

I got guns in my head and they won’t go
Spirits in my head and they won’t go

So of course, I had to look into this later. What was the songwriter thinking about when they wrote these words? Was there any meaning behind this catchy tune? And here is what I found at genius.com.

“Spirits” is the first single off The Strumbellas’ first album on Glassnote Records, Hope. Lead singer Simon Ward described the song to Riff You, saying:

“Basically, the song is about fighting your inner demons. Trying to change and become a better person in life. I write songs to reflect where I’m at in life, and this song is me saying to the world that I’m doing my absolute best right now to be a good person.”

Do you feel as if you have guns in your head and they won’t go? Are you fighting the urge to change? We all struggle in life with our inner fears. Do you ever notice just about the time you are going to cross over from your former self to your newer “changed” self-something tries to drag you down and keep you there? It is like the pressure of gravity pulling at your arms, legs and even your soul.

A speaker at the 2015 Global Leadership Summit whose name is escaping me now talked about this tension like a rubber band. It is that moment right before you release. The tension is tight and pulling you back but when you let go it soars steps ahead. You do have to be careful not to stretch it too far or it will break but in order to project forward, we must be stretched.

There are a million articles out there on stretching your development but I came across this great one written by Celestine Chua, 42 Practical Ways To Improve Yourself that I wanted to share.

Check it out and then name one thing you can do this week to stretch yourself. Post what it is in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter or maybe just write it out on your calendar to look at each day this week.

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What Is Your Superhero Name and Talent?

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This week has been rough. My son had that lovely bug going around where your temperature reaches “scare the crap out of mom” heights. Being that we just went through this last week with my husband I knew it had to run its course but that didn’t ease my mind as I looked at a 103 temperature at 6 am. Then as I reread my post one last time my daughter begins her fight with the stomach bug. Let round three of sickness begin.

During these times, we are mommy heroes. We run down to get the cold rag. We are overly checking their heads every 15 minutes. We are willing to cook for them, feed them and do pretty much anything to make them feel better. Oddly enough we don’t tend to see ourselves as heroes until someone points out that you are the most important superhero in your child’s life.

This past Sunday I had the privilege of helping watch toddlers while parents attended a class at church. My son was sick, my husband was holding the superhero fort down and I was putting on my other hat.

While playing with the kids I asked a boy what his superhero name would be. He responded with Incredible Hulk. Then on to the next kid and she said her own name. Then next up a child who combined her name with a strength of jumping like a kangaroo. Then the last one I asked picked a totally unrelated name to theirs and also not a known superhero.

I pondered this later and wondered what each child might feel as they answered that question or how I might interrupt the responses.

  1. Incredible Hulk=learn from others what it means to be a superhero.
  2. Actual Name=I know I am wonderfully made by God and I am a superhero.
  3. Actual Name + Strength=Talents and strengths combined with being wonderfully made by God makes me a superhero.
  4. New Name=There is more out there to discover in me that no celebrity superhero or strength will teach. Only God knows the purpose and the direction of my superhero journey.

We all are superheroes. We all utilize different parts of our superhero abilities depending on the situation at the moment. A while back I wrote a post on having first impressions as a superhero power. Having this ability can help immensely with teamwork dynamic. It can also help out when you are trying to evaluate your children’s friend selections. Although you can’t rely on this 100%, if this is your skill put on your cape and wear it proudly. You may have the ability to see small changes in others. You may have the ability to build. You may have the ability to lead. You may have the ability to protect. There is a superhero in all of us.

What is your superhero name? What talent or strength do you have that could help others? And just for fun did you find the superhero word that was left unbolded or any others I missed?

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Question Wednesday 2: What Have You Said YES To Lately?

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Well, it is round two of question Wednesday and I am so excited to ask everyone out there the next one.

We all tend to say yes to work but how often do we say yes to anything else? Today I was reading through blog posts and I came across this article: Shonda Rhimes’ message at TED2016: Say ‘yes’ to what scares you, even if it’s saying ‘no’ to work.

After a quick search on YouTube, I found the video an attendee captured. You may want to check it out once the actual video is available but just know it is there if you want to take a sneak peek.

Shonda talks about how she thought her “hum” was her work. She thought she needed that “hum” to keep going. It is through her quest to say yes to everything that led to her real “hum” in life, JOY and LOVE.

It is about saying yes to things even when they are more difficult for us to say yes to. Some of us are great at work and terrible at family life. Some of us are great at staying connected with friends but not with family. Some of us are great at saying yes to helping others but not saying yes to helping ourselves. You could fill in your current situation.

We many think we are okay but once we lose our “hum” we know. Two key takeaway quotes from Shonda:  “The real hum is joy,”…”The real hum is love.” and “Work doesn’t work without play.”

The Truth About You

So why does this matter to you? Take a step back and look at what you say yes to in your life. You need a little work and play. You need a little challenge and relaxation. You need a little family time and a little friend time. What will one NO cost you? What could one YES gain you?

Why do we say no to a video our son is trying to show us? Why do we say yes to taking on that extra project at work always? Why do we say no to going out for coffee with a friend? Is it really time? Or is it something else? Is it just easier to do what you are used to? Is it easier to stick to the routine you have built around your life?

I challenge you to say YES to something this week you have not said YES to in a while and then post about it.

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What Breaks Your Heart May Also Lead You Home.

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Someone asked me recently what breaks your heart? The saying may not be new to many but when asked it is difficult to pinpoint a response. Seeing people homeless breaks my heart. Seeing people struggle breaks my heart. Seeing family owned businesses close after years and years in a community breaks my heart. Hearing people’s stories of trial breaks my heart. Watching others struggle at work, at home, in school, with purpose breaks my heart. How could one ever answer this question with a simple response?

Then it came to me. Seeing hurting people breaks my heart. Whether they are hurting from job loss, or loss of family, loss of a business, loss of a home or loss of purpose. When I open my eyes and ears to the stories of others experiencing loss it breaks my heart. I want to help them. Rather it is by providing a shoulder to cry on or a meal for their family or an ear to listen I want to be there.

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Weekend Edition – Why Writing Matters (How to Justify Your Passion)

Great read through and through. Why we write? To pause. To reflect. To slow down.

Live to Write - Write to Live

free diverSometimes, the gravity of real life threatens to pull me out of my creative orbit. The inescapable responsibility of being human weighs heavily – the “Real World” of work, relationships, and surviving on this fragile planet crushing in on me like pressure on an ascending deep sea diver. The closer I get to daylight, the further I am from the intimate, interior depths of my creative endeavors. That inner life disappears into the darkness below as I’m drawn toward the surface, my tenuous connection lost until I dive again.

Above the waves, my belief in the importance of the world below fades.  Submerged in the process, my work felt real and worthwhile. But, now, back in the real world where there is a mortgage to pay, a hot water heater to be fixed, and the intricacy of a sixth grader’s social life to untangle, my conviction wavers. Is writing really that…

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Open Your Eyes, Truly See Others and Show Up

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Dedicated to the kind security guard, I met who taught me how to open my eyes, truly see others and just show up.

While attending an event, I grabbed the agenda booklet and sat down to listen to the speakers. There was no one there I knew so I took a seat. As I pulled my coat off I turned and put the booklet down on the chair to my right and turned to the left to pull my arm out. Then I turned back to grab the booklet and it wasn’t there. I looked on the ground. I looked behind the chair. I looked on my lap. I looked to the lady one seat over with a questioning in my eyes hoping she knew. She just shook her head like I haven’t a clue and turned back to face forward.

I eventually gave up and got back up to obtain another booklet. What would one do without the agenda for the night and description of each speaker? How would we function without the story of how the night would go predestined in front of us? Well, I just couldn’t have that so I fetched another.

Then a conversation was born.

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Suffering, Pain, Grief, Sorrow; The Words Of What It Is Like to Lose Someone

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